J.V. Fletcher Library (credit John Phelan)

What’s Happening at the J.V. Fletcher Library

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Holiday Hours: The Library will be open on Tuesday, July 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In honor of Independence Day the Library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Library will re-open Thursday, July 5 at 10 a.m.

“Libraries Rock” is the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Program theme! Residents can sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program at any public service desk, on the library’s website, or by calling the Information department at 978-399-2304. They can choose any goal for their summer reading (three books, read a newspaper once a week, “Grapes of Wrath”). Once the goal is completed, they can stop by the Information Desk for a gift certificate for a free kiddie cone at Kimball Farm.  Every week during the program, the library staff members will give away gift certificates to Barnes and Noble and a grand prize drawing for a gift certificate to a local restaurant.  Summer Reading Programs aren’t just for kids. The adult summer reading program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

“Readers Rock” is the 2018 Children’s Summer Reading Program theme. Registration is ongoing for this Friends’ funded Program. Residents can sign up for events and shows at the same time that they register. Some events require tickets for children, parents, and/or caregivers while others are free drop-in. Residents are asked to call or visit the Youth Services Department, or check out the Children’s Summer Reading Program page on the library website for more information.

Calling all Teens and Tweens in grades 5 to 8!Libraries Rock” is also the theme for the Fletcher Library’s 2018 Teen Summer Reading program. Residents can register for this Friends-supported program in the Youth Services Department. They can sign-up for summer events online on the Library’s homepage or through the YA Zone webpage.

Monday Mystery Book Club:  Monday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. The Book Club meets once a month on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room.  This month’s selection is “Open Season” by Archer Mayor. New members are always welcome! Free! Residents can drop in.

Rock, Roll, and READ! Magic Show with Mike Bent: Wednesday, June 27 at 1 p.m. The summer reading program kicks off with  magician Mike Bent. This book the med show uses comedy, magic, music, sound effects, and storytelling to motivate kids to get reading. Tickets ($2) for children and adults are available in the Children’s room. This program is for ages 4 and up.

Camp Read A-Lot: Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. Join us in the Story Hour Room for lots of singing and dancing around our indoor campfire. This free program is for ages 3-7. Residents can register for this program through the Youth Services Department (978) 399-2302.

Teen & Tween Fun Food Competition: Thursday, June 28 at 2 p.m.  Participants can create a selection of culinary delights and compete to win prizes. This free program is for students entering fifth through 12th grade.  Students can pre-register through the YA Zone web page or contact the Youth Services Department at 978-399-2302.

Mystery of the Golden Piano with the Science tellers: Friday, July 6 at 2 p.m. In this Wild West adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, acids and bases, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. Tickets ($2) for children and adults are available in the Children’s room. This program is for ages 5 and up.

Gray Seals and Great White Sharks of Cape Cod: Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Residents can join photographer Robert Michelson for a narrated slideshow.  Through exclusive underwater photographs, viewers will be able to follow seal researchers as they capture and sample newborn Gray seal pups on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness Area south of Chatham. Learn how great white sharks have been returning in ever increasing numbers to hunt their favorite snack — gray seals. Open to all ages.   Residents can register through the meeting room calendar or call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304.

Traveling Abroad this summer? Learn a new language using the Rosetta Stone Database: Rosetta Stone’s proven immersion method integrates listening, reading, and speaking.  There are 30 different languages to choose from. New- advanced learning levels for each of the languages are now available to Westford patrons. For more information, check out the Databases page on our website.

Summer is the perfect time to take an Online Class. Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 5,600 courses that include over 180,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. For more information, check out the Databases page on our website.

The J.V. Fletcher Library is located at 50 Main St., Westford.  For more information or to register for a program, visit http://www.westfordlibrary.org or call 978-692-5555.